The final moments of the Berlin Wall

Is people power stronger than the NSA?

It seems we’re barely over the euphoria about social networking systems, which were said to bring on revolutions. Now we’re scared half to death about mass surveillance on the internet and its ability to suppress dissent. Not that such concerns are new. In Discipline and Punish, the philos...CONTINUE READING
Vince Emanuele.

‘Everyone was the enemy’

Vince Emanuele is a former US Marine who completed two tours of duty in Iraq but refused to serve a third time. He is now organiser for the Michigan chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves on the national board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Vince is in Australia as...CONTINUE READING

Victories spur on Brazilian revolt

Rafael Melo and Joel Windle The “20 cent” movement against public transport fare hikes brought over a million Brazilians into the streets in late June. The mobilisation panicked the mainstream media and state and federal governments. In the words of protester Everton Rocha, “The 20 centavos [around 10 cents] increase...CONTINUE READING
Workers in the occupied public broadcaster, ERT.

Greek workers occupy broadcaster

On 11 June, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras shut down the state broadcasting network, the ERT (the equivalent of Australia’s ABC). The ministerial decree, which left more than 2600 people without work, was an attempt by Samaras to assert his authority over the country and trample demo...CONTINUE READING

Manning's 'cruel and degrading' punishment

Barry Sheppard The court martial of Pfc Bradley Manning opened on 3 June and is expected to last 12 weeks. The courageous US soldier leaked a large trove of classified material documenting US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, diplomatic cables exposing Washington’s machinations in the Middle East and e...CONTINUE READING

Big brother really is watching you

Andrew Cheeseman Have you ever had the feeling that the government is not listening to you? Well, you’re wrong. Do you have an account with Skype, Microsoft, Google, Hotmail, Yahoo or Apple? Do you ever call US mobile phones? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Big Brother is listening to you...CONTINUE READING

Dynamics of the Venezuelan revolution

Roberto Jorquera Since the death of Hugo Chavez Frias on 5 March, the Venezuelan capitalist opposition has gained confidence and been more forcibly advocating a counter-revolution. The renewed offensive by the opposition has created a scenario which raises the question of how stable and confident the Boliv...CONTINUE READING

ASIA FOCUS

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is presented with the World Statesman Award by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on May 30 in New York.

Indonesian president’s award an insult

James Balowski The Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF) – a US-based interfaith organisation of business leaders – presented Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with the World Statesman Award in New York on 30 May, in “recognition of his work in supporting human rights and religious freedom”....CONTINUE READING

The role of secularism in Turkish politics

Michael Kandelaars The debate about secularism has a unique history in modern Turkey – one in which appeals to the secular tradition have been used by the military to crush the political left and Kurdish resistance. The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War One resulted in a military invasion of its terr...CONTINUE READING